Considering both of his brothers ended up as NFL players, it’d be an understatement to say new UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones comes from a pretty talented household. Big brother Arthur Jones was a defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts, and little bro Chandler Jones is a Pro Bowl level linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals. With all the kids meeting such high expectations, it must have been extra rough for Jones over the past two years of career turmoil that saw him nearly jailed and stripped of a second title for USADA drug violations.
But his family has stuck by him through the troubled times, and they were present to see him reclaim his 205 pound belt on Saturday at UFC 214. Here’s Chandler Jones celebrating Jon’s win over Daniel Cormier via a slick head kick and brutal ground and pound.
And during an interview on UFC 214 post-fight show, both Chandler and Arthur showed up once again to revel in their brother’s victory. It was clearly an emotional moment considering the men had lost their mother to diabetes just over a month ago.
But on a more positive note, Jones is once again the undisputed light heavyweight champion, and he’s (mostly) sounding like someone who plans on avoiding the pitfalls that lost him the belt. With a potential superfight against Brock Lesnar now on everyone’s mind, people are finally starting to talk more about Jones’ future instead of concentrating on his past.